I’d like to give a plug for a body created last year by my friend Ruth Sparkes –EMPRA (Education Marketing and Public Relations Association).
Ruth thought it would be useful to have a “national and well-connected professional marketing, PR and Student Services support group” for the Learning and Skills/FE education sector following the Foster Report. So she set it up herself and has built a really useful resource.
As well as providing up to date news items, EMPRA offers an ezine, events, jobs listings and an opportunity to post stories by registering – which is free of charge.
I notice that there are few members actually creating content – but plenty are reading the various news and blog posts (as evidenced by the story count). I’m sure Ruth would love to have more input from those who have registered and are clearly interested in what is on offer at EMPRA.
So how do you encourage lurkers to add comments and generally participate more so creating a more dynamic community? Do topics need to be more contentious? Should they seek help from readers by way of questions or other devices?
What makes you add comments to posts you read?